—The term "Learning communities" (LCs)
represents a fashionable term that has been widely used in the
educational literature for at least three decades in USA, Europe
and Asia, but not in the Arab region including Egypt . Existence
of (LC) in schools and universities helps in overcoming a host of
educational problems relating to teaching and learning. Hence,
construction of (LCs) in some countries has been achieved in
purpose of educational reform. One of the main factors that
help very much in constructing (LCs) is the existence of a well
prepared educational technology infrastructure and availability
of computers in schools and universities. This descriptive paper
investigates the positive returns of (LCs) on education systems
in general. At the same time, this paper will elaborate the close
relationship between educational technology and establishment
of (LCs) in general and in the Egyptian context in particular.
This topic has widely been considered on the international level,
however it remained absent from the educational scene in the
Arab region till now. Establishing learning communities relies
heavily on education technology and availability of computers
in the educational organizations. Some Arab countries have
trials towards supporting their systems of education with an
adequate infrastructure of technology but yet not enough to
help establishing learning communities.
—Learning communities, education technology
and computers, educational reform, Egyptian context.
Mohammad Ahmad Abdeldayem is with Comparative Education and
Education Administration Department, College of Education, Zagazig
University, Egypt (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Mohammad Ahmad Abdeldayem, "Educational Technology and Its Role in Constructing Learning Communities in the Arab Region with Particular Reference to the Egyptian Context — A Descriptive Paper," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 5, no. 9, pp. 719-722, 2015.